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‘Have your say’ - The 2016-2018 work program for Task 37 will be finalised at the IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Energy from Biogas Business Meeting in Sweden (see Progress Meetings). This meeting represents the opportunity to propose topics that are relevant to Australia - see the Work Program for IEA Bioenergy Task 37 and contact if you have any contributions regarding topics by 25th March 2015.


19th March 2015 - The meeting was held at the CSIRO Corporate Centre, Limestone Ave in Canberra. 


May 2015 - Sydney - WATCH THIS SPACE!

June 2015 - Brisbane - WATCH THIS SPACE!


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Bioenergy Australia facilitates Australia's participation in the IEA's Bioenergy Research Tasks. Australia currently participates in five of these tasks - Task 37, 38, 39, 42 and 43.

For more details on the Tasks and current activities see the IEA Bioenergy pages on the Bioenergy Australia website.

Interested in engaging more in bioenergy discussions and meeting with your sector peers?  Yes?!   Join one of the IEA Bioenergy Task Participation Groups and keep up to date with developments home and abroad. Details on all participation Groups can be found on the individual Task pages IEA Bioenergy pages on the Bioenergy Australia website.

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Presentations from the 18th Sept Bioenergy Australia quarterly meeting

The presentations from the 18th September 2014 Bioenergy Australia quarterly meeting are now available for viewing and downloading.


  • IEA Bioenergy Task 38 - Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems - WEBINAR DETAILS COMING SOON! 
  • IEA Bioenergy Task 37 - Energy from Biogas - download the presentations
  • IEA Bioenergy Task 43 - Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets - download the presentations

Find out more about our participation in IEA Bioenergy Tasks here.

Bioenergy in Australia - Status and Opportunties Report

Bioenergy in Australia  - Status and Opportunties Report

A major report, Bioenergy in Australia - status and opportunities is essential reading for those who want to come to grips with this subject

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Ralph Sims talks about the importance of Bioenergy

This video speaks to a presentation by Prof. Ralph Sims at the Bioenergy Australia 2012 national conference attended by 264 delegates from Australia and the region, where Ralph was one of 100 speakers on a wide range of topics.

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Latest News

Australian Tartaric Products Case Study now available

The case study on Australian Tartaric Products is now live.

The Case Study is featured on the Home page of the Biomass Producer website. It can also be accessed via the page direct: Powering a distillery on grape waste, via the case study map or on the following pages:

• Grape waste
• Crop residue
• Power and heat.


NSW announces community renewable grants

The NSW government has announced the recipients of community sustainable energy project grants. The government announced $846,000 for 19 projects, with support for a 1MW community solar farm at Goulburn, a bioenergy precinct at Cowra and community-council solar partnership in Lismore and a renewables-powered microgrid for Narara Eco-village on the Central Coast.

Read more about the COWRA Bioenery Project here -


Washington Post Editorial Board Slams Biomass Energy, Ignores Forestry Research & Economics

The Washington Post recently published an editorial entitled ‘the EPA’s not so-green emissions plan,’ in which the editorial board claim that the agencies’ plans to regulate biomass wastes as renewable power sources under the Clean Power Plan (CPP) will “sharply increase forest clearing.” The Post goes on to state that “giving biomass too much credit would encourage a lot of wood burning,” claiming that the CPP could result in 70 percent of the current US timber harvest being used for bioenergy, resulting in increased worldwide timber demand. The Post’s claims are not backed up by forestry economics and science. Additionally, providing an economic incentive to maintain forested lands, as bioenergy and long-lived timber products do, can also help to preserve forests and farms in the face of rampant exurban development.


Outlook for Bioenergy 2015: What’s in Store for This Versatile Renewable Energy Feedstock?

Bioenergy is the only renewable energy feedstock that cuts across the thermal, electrical and transportation sectors. However most experts agree that its vast potential has only just begun to be tapped.


ARENA announces support for Perth biomass plant

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced (on 24th Feb 2015) $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility in Perth.
ARENA said a 100kg per hour biomass conversion (pyrolysis) unit will be designed and constructed along with a complementary 20 litre per hour biorefinery unit.
“Renergi’s approach would allow green bio-crude to be produced by conversion units at the source of feedstocks and refined into high quality transport biofuels at a large central refinery," ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht said.


World Bioenergy Association launches the advanced biofuels factsheet

The drastic changes in the global oil prices call for a renewed focus on biofuels development for the sake of economic stability and environmental protection. The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is pleased to announce the release of the factsheet ‘Advanced Biofuels’ – the seventh in the series of publications. This succeeds the release of the summary of oil price drop survey conducted by WBA to understand the effects of oil price drop on bioenergy industry.


Eastern Creek GRL facility hits the ‘million tonnes of diversion’ milestone and $5 million announced for waste recovery in NSW

Late in 2014 Channel 7 news ran this news story - NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced details of the $5m WLRM (Waste Less Recycle More)grant in the same month as the Eastern Creek GRL facility hit the ‘million tonnes of diversion’ (of household waste from landfill) milestone.


Biomass Producer Website - New Case Study on Poultry Waste

The Biomass Producer is the key place to start a search for information about bioenergy as it relates to primary industries in Australia – in particular, information about the types of biomass that can be used to create bioenergy. New Case studies are under development all the time. Use the site to search for project examples and experts.

New Case Study - Poultry manure to power in the Darling Downs